Score: No. 1 South Dakota State 87, No. 8 Western Illinois 50
Records: South Dakota State (22-9), Western Illinois (8-20)
Location: Denny Sanford PREMIER Center - Sioux Falls, S.D.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Top seed South Dakota State jumped off to a 15-2 lead, was up 50-21 at the half, and cruised to an 87-50 victory over eighth seed Western Illinois in the opening game of the 2015 Summit League men's basketball championships Saturday at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls.
Eleven players scored for the Jacks, led by George Marshall with 13 points Deondre Parks added 12 points and Keaton Moffitt 11. Jake Bittle added nine points and a team high eight rebounds as the Jacks built a commanding 46-21 advantage on the boards, with 21 offensive rebounds. Moffitt led a bench bunch that accounted for 40 points.
Western Illinois was led by J.C. Fuller with 19 and Garrett Covington added 13. At the half, Fuller (11) and Covington (10) scored all 21 Leatherneck points.
SDSU, now 22-9, will advance to the semi-finals Monday, while WIU ends its season 8-20.
South Dakota State scored the game's first seven points and never looked back from there, extending their lead to 15-2 by the first media timeout.
The Jackrabbits led the entire game and had a lead as large as 40 points at one point in the game.
Inside The Box Score
- J.C. Fuller of Western Illinois led all scorers in the game with 19 points along with a team-high five rebounds.
- 12 players for South Dakota State scored Saturday night, including three in double-figures (Marshall, 11; Parks 12; Moffitt 11).
- The Jackrabbits shot 44.4% (12-27) from three.
- The Leathernecks were out-rebounded 46-21 on the night, including 21-7 offensively.
- SDSU had 27 second-chance points to six for Western Illinois and scored 21 points off 18 WIU turnovers.
- South Dakota State out-scored Western Illinois 34-14 in the paint.
News & Notes
- South Dakota's State George Marshall scored the first Summit League Men's Tournament points in the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center with a jumper at 18:10 of the first half. He scored the first five points, including a three-pointer on his next field goal attempt.
- South Dakota State's Reed Tellinghuisen recorded the first dunk in a Summit League Tournament game at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center at 15:32 of the first half.
- The Jackrabbits improved to 10-4 all-time in Summit League Tournament games and 6-1 in quarterfinals.
- The 37-point margin marks the third of 35-point or more differential in the last seven Summit League Tournament games. It is the most since last year's 85-47 quarterfinal victory by Fort Wayne (vs. IUPUI).
- The number one seed has never lost a Summit League quarterfinal game.
South Dakota State advances to the semifinals and will face the winner of Sunday's contest between No. 4 Fort Wayne and No. 5 South Dakota. The semifinal game is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. CT tip-off and will be televised regionally on Midco Sports Network and nationally on ESPN3.